Quote o’ the Day (William Tecumseh Sherman Edition)

From Geoffrey Norman’s sparkling piece Grant Takes Charge in the current edition of The Weekly Standard.

“The American press is a shame and a reproach to a civilized people. When a man is too lazy to work and too cowardly to steal, he becomes an editor and manufactures public opinion.”

– William Tecumseh Sherman to his brother, Senator John Sherman, about a newspaper report that Grant “ought to be court-martialed and shot” for the carnage (25,000 casualties counting both sides) at the Battle of Shiloh

Ouch.

But oddly relevant.

 

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2 Responses to Quote o’ the Day (William Tecumseh Sherman Edition)

  1. Well that’s not entirely fair; the media always apologizes and promises to do better next time.

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